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Monday, 20th June 2022

A busy weekend for Boyne AC members from under nines to over 70’s!

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Michelle Crosbie and Michael Black all smiles as they cross the finish line in the 5k.

It was a busy weekend for Boyne AC athlertes of all ages. Off to Bush school near Carlingford once again for the young athletes from Boyne AC, as they took part in day 1 of the Athletics Louth Relay Championships recently.

A dry and mild evening made for perfect running conditions, and with 8 Boyne AC teams competing on the night, there was plenty to cheer about.

The boys’ u9 got things underway with some super speedy runs from the quartet of James Geoghan, Joseph McBennett, Will Hallinan and Charlie Cooper, the boys were unlucky to finish just outside the medals in a fine 4th place.

The boys’ u11 team gave it their all over the 100m legs and sailed through their heat to qualify for the final. Stiff competition saw the boys finish in a very tight second place, just a mere fraction behind the winning team, but the silver medal win brought big smiles to the faces of Cillian Hickey, Leyton Byrne, Marko Ozolins and Rhys Mathew.

It was silver too for the strong u13 boys team of Keilan Byrne, Cillian Everitt, Sean Luke Alhaddad and Ronan Cowley, who all ran superbly.

In the girl’s teams, it was a super gold medal win for the u11 team of Isabelle Winters, Florrie Levins, Cara Fagan and Aoife McCabe. The girls had a heat and a final to contend with, but made light work of the opposition crossing the line first in both races.

Also running well in the same age group, Ruby Cooper, Laoise Black, Sarah Anne Walsh and Beulah Raji just missed out on a podium place finishing in 4th overall.

It was another photo finish in the u13 girls relay, with a mere fraction of a second between both leading athletes as they crossed the line, with Boyne AC’s Bonnie Hegarty just out-dipped for the gold medal. The strong team also featuring Dara Ellie Winters, Ava Hand and Sadhbh O'Donoghue were still all smiles as they proudly accepted their silver medals on the winner’s podium.

Also running well in the same age group, Wannita McCabe, Zara Lee, Ellie Russell and Ellen Boylan just finished outside the medals in 4th place overall, and great running too from Rebecca Heading, Aimee Rice, Shauna Rice and Allie Fennell in the girls’ u15 race.

Friday evening saw 24 of the Boyne AC senior athletes out on the roads for the Midsummer 5k hosted by Drogheda & District AC.

Local races are always popular events and the dry evening and fast course made for some great finishing times. Andrew White clocked a super impressive 18.02 to take second place overall, while juvenile member Caoimhin McShane, in his first 5k, ran a super time of 20.19.

There were PBs galore for many of the senior athletes, including Michael Black, who ran 30.39, to finish 3rd in the over 70 category!

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